Poetry Pause: Roxanna Bennett — Blue Rose

Poet name: Roxanna Bennett Poem title: Blue Rose Poem: One day I will be blue rose, a poet of cripples, not a patient etherized, needs seen to, seen to mean a violet hyacinth sliding like a soft bullet inside, unsorry. Yes, this body can leave the nurse’s station once every chemical is ashes. Yes, this body can grieve love caught in dendrites chimerical, unreason a reasonable response to being left. Blue stone blue swan blue sycamore, blue flees the word blue, inaccessible blue, unbearable blue rose, blue rose, O Heart, sustain. Blue Rose, Blue Rose is my name. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Roxanna Bennett from Unmeaningable (GordonHill Press, 2019) Roxanna Bennett is a disabled poet gratefully living on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation which is covered under the Williams Treaties. She is the author of unseen garden (chapbook, knife | fork | book, 2018), The Uncertainty Principle (Tightrope Books, 2014) and Unmeaningable, available from Gordon Hill Press.